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The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL

701 Channelside DriveTampa, FL 33602
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Overview

One of the top-rated aquariums in the U.S., The Florida Aquarium offers exciting exhibits, water adventure zones, live shows and more for guests of all ages. The aquarium features interactive programs like Swim with the Fishes; behind-the-scenes experiences like Penguins: Backstage Pass; and exploratory journeys like Journey to Madagascar, featuring ring-tailed lemurs and colorful chameleons.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Tampa Travel Experts
  • Home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and marine animals from Florida and around the world.
  • Enjoy live animal encounters and experiences.
  • Don't miss the hit show, Secret Sea Life Superhero.
  • Pack a bathing suit for the kids to splash around in the Explore-A-Shore area.
  • Grab lunch at Café Ray, featuring plenty of dining options such as a full salad bar, sandwiches, burgers, and pizza.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent.
  • Take the trolley to Ybor City for numerous lunch or dinner options.
  • Outside food and beverage prohibited.

Description

from The Florida Aquarium
Come see why The Florida Aquarium is one of the top aquariums in the country! Experience sharks, alligators and penguins! Immerse yourself in interactive programs like Swim with the Fishes, Dive with the Sharks or take a Wild Dolphin Ecotour on the Bay Spirit II, a 72-foot powered catamaran. Special Behind the Scenes experiences like Penguins: Backstage Pass or Stingray Feeding are unique and exciting. After exploring all the exhibits inside, splash away outside at Explore A Shore, the outdoor water adventure zone for children!

Adventure awaits at The Florida Aquarium’s New Exhibit, Journey to Madagascar. Filled with ring-tailed lemurs, hissing cockroaches, colorful chameleons, coconut crabs and an Indian Ocean coral reef this gallery takes you on a journey through the enchanting wildlife and bizarre landscapes of the world’s fourth largest island, Madagascar.

Known as a biodiversity hotspot, the country of Madagascar is filled with rain forests, spiny deserts, cool mountain highlands, tropical beaches and coral reefs. 80% of the plants and animals on the island of Madagascar are found nowhere else.

This exciting new exhibit captures some of the uniqueness of the island while addressing some of the challenges that threaten its natural wonders. Visitors can come face to face with an adorable ring-tailed lemur, pop up into an exhibit filled with hissing cockroaches or relax in front of their Indian Ocean exhibit. It is an entertaining and educational experience into learning more about this amazing place, and what guests can do to help its people and wildlife.

Parking is $6.00 per day.



Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
chasity clayton
Beaufort, SC
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Very small"
August, 2016
The aquarium was small , the dolphin tour wasn't to bad
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Claire O'Shea
Clearwater, FL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Found Dori..."
July, 2016
I was so impressed by the day trips I had booked through reserve Orlando.. The Florida aquarium was a great affordable place to spend the day with my two toddlers... Memories made.
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Karen Roginski
Bayside Hills , NY
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"The Florida Aquarium Rocks!"
June, 2016
Buying tickets through Reserve Orlando was quick and easy. The Florida Aquarium has so much to offer for young and not so young. All kinds of sea life, including otters, many types of fish, jellyfish, etc. The Wetlands area included many local birds in a natural habitat. Madagascar lemurs in a tree house setting gave us a bird's eye view. The divers gave an interesting presentation in the big tank, sharks, sea turtles and all. Everyone was mesmerized by the presentation. An outdoor splash area gave little ones a great cooling off spot, while parents could relax in the shade and enjoy the breeze. We are senior citizens, but felt like two kids as we enjoyed this well thought out aquarium.
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Tip: Bring a towel if your kids want to go in the splash play area.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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thorty
Florida
"Enjoyable afternoon"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2017 NEW
Excellent Aquarium, and a section with lemurs. Interesting, several floors. Noisy with many children, but definitely worth a visit.
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PrimeSource
Greater Noida, India
"Florida"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2017 NEW
Florida is a very lovely city of United States of America but It has surrounded by Earthquake, often news came from the USA.
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Skoods
Dunedin, Florida
"Wonderful aquarium for all ages"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 22, 2017 NEW
Superb aquarium to spend a few hours. The species were nicely laid out into trails which mixed fish with aquatic birds and animals. The information boards and staff provided all the info needed to understand the species and their natural habitats. Parking was so easy and convenient next to the aquarium and was $6 . No need to use the external more expensive car parks. We booked our tickets the day before on line and saved a few $'s on the price which was handy, but more importantly ere was no need to queue to get in! The e ticket on my phone was all that was needed. We went round twice and spent 3 hours. Well worth it. Nicest aquarium I have ever been in by far.
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sandramonty21
Tampa, Florida
"Family event"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 21, 2017 NEW
This is a wonderful place to take your children. They enjoy seeing all the sea life. It is smaller then some city Aquariums, but the kids love and enjoy it, so if your looking for something to do with your kids, take them there, they will enjoy it.
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Jaime W
"Nice Place to take the kids for a few hours."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2017 NEW
This is a nice place to take the kids for about 2 hours. The aquarium is nice. Outside there is a splash park that the kids will enjoy. Not somewhere you will spend all day. The food is lacking.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Florida Aquarium

Is the Florida Aquarium wheelchair accessible?
The main entrance is accessible by wheelchair. The aquarium is fully accessible to guests with mobility issues and a limited number of wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis with appropriate identification.

How much are wheelchair or stroller rentals?
Wheelchairs, scooters and strollers are available to rent daily. Limited quantities available and are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Wheelchairs are $5 and scooters are $12. Single strollers are $5 and double strollers are $7.

How much is parking?
Parking is $6 per day.

What is not allowed in the Aquarium?
Due to the nature of our facility with open exhibits, we aren't able to allow outside food and drink into the Aquarium. This does not include bottles or baby food for infants or people with special dietary needs.

Does the Swim with this Fishes, Dive with Sharks or Shark Swim cost extra?
Yes, they do. These are all programs offered by the Aquarium, you can call them directly to set-up the experience.

Is there any dining options?
Yes, guests can enjoy the Cafe Ray.